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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (November 21, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Taylor Swift and friends have another swift start at pop radio, while the latest singles from Fall Out Boy and Kendrick Lamar find “love” from programmers at the format. Pass the turkey and the hot records, please…

WINNING THE “GAME”: Hot off her 50-31 move on last Sunday’s update, Taylor Swift‘s “End Game” begins its own game in the CHR world, taking the Most Added title at Top 40 stations this week. The latest single from reputation, which also features Ed Sheeran and Future, puts up 60 adds on the current report, well ahead of “One Foot” by Walk The Moon, which grabs 37 new stations one week after it impacted here. (It’s also up one spot and seven adds from last week’s results!) “Foot” is likely to step foot into the top 40 by midweek, which means it should have a notable jump by the published report on Sunday night. Everyone enjoys a sweet chart success, perhaps even more than sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows or even apple pie. (I think I’ll be eating a little of each come Thursday night. Drooling yet?)

Meanwhile, impacting singles from Kendrick Lamar and Fall Out Boy are gobbling up a nice musical meal; I guess they have a few trypto-fans here. The Zacari-assisted “Love.” by Lamar (25 adds, fourth place) and “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t” by the band (23 adds, fifth place) perform solidly in their first full week, though they probably could have boasted slightly higher station totals on a date that wasn’t close to a national holiday. At the current time, both tracks are below the top 50 here, but don’t be surprised to see them in there by the end of the month.

1. TAYLOR SWIFT featuring ED SHEERAN & FUTURE, “End Game” (Big Machine/Republic)
2. WALK THE MOON, “One Foot” (RCA)
3. SOFI TUKKER, “Best Friend” (Ultra/in2une)
4. KENDRICK LAMAR featuring ZACARI, “Love.” (Top Dawg Ent./Aftermath/Interscope)
5. FALL OUT BOY, “Hold Me Tight Or Don’t” (Island/Republic)
6-T. EMINEM featuring BEYONCÉ, “Walk On Water” (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
6-T. LIAM PAYNE, “Bedroom Floor” (Republic)
6-T. SELENA GOMEZ x MARSHMELLO, “Wolves” (Interscope)
9. NF, “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
10. DEMI LOVATO, “Tell Me You Love Me” (Island/Republic)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 19, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. This weekend, we’re mourning the losses of AC/DC rocker Malcolm Young and country singer Mel Tillis, both of whom charted for several decades. We’re also thinking of TV and music star David Cassidy, who remains in critical condition in a Florida hospital. Here’s this week’s report:

IMAGINE THAT: Congrats to Imagine Dragons who now have their second #1 at the pop format with “Thunder”, soaring from 4-1 this week. Previously, the Las Vegas band led for one week in December 2013 with “Demons”, which wasn’t necessarily the most memorable chart-topper this decade. (I suppose that’s because most people think “Radioactive” was some massive pop #1, though it actually spent three weeks at #2 behind Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines”, featuring Pharrell and T.I., in July and August 2013.) A second week at the top is possible for “Thunder”, though Camila Cabello‘s “Havana” (featuring Young Thug, up 5-3) could crash the party next week, given its gain of 2,500 spins in the last seven days.

Given the slower-than-normal week at the format, most likely due to the proximity to Thanksgiving, just a couple of singles take big leaps up the chart. One of them, the Selena Gomez and Marshmello collaboration called “Wolves”, howls up ten notches to #19. It’s Gomez’s fourth single to reach the region this year. However, sporting an even more impressive move is “End Game”, jumping a massive 17 spots from 50-33 for Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Future. “End” becomes the 28th top 40 hit for Swift, the 15th for Sheeran and the fourth for Future, all of which have come via features for the lattermost act. Will it reach the top spot? Stay tuned.

SOMEWHERE TO WALK: Whether it’s on water or the moon, there’s a whole lot of walking when it comes to top 50 debuts, and the two entries walking it out land back-to-back on this week’s chart. Ohio’s Walk The Moon are looking for their second chart hit in the top 40 with “One Foot”, which comes in at #43. It’s the first single from the quartet’s What If Nothing album, and it currently stands at #9 and #35 on the Alternative and Hot AC lists, respectively. Eminem‘s latest single with Beyoncé, “Walk On Water”, is one notch below that at #44. The rapper’s forthcoming Revival album had a reported November 17 release date across several trade sites, but has yet to surface at any retailer.

This week’s chart also gets collaborative with debuts from Clean Bandit and Julia Michaels, new at #47 with “I Miss You”, and a N.E.R.D and Rihanna single called “Lemon”, which squeezes in at #49. The latter song is N.E.R.D’s first to make the top 50 at the Top 40 format, though 2004’s “She Wants To Move” just missed charting in April 2004. (It peaked at #52 early that month.) One of the group’s members, Pharrell, has sung on twelve top 40 hits on the Top 40 airwaves, nine of which were featured appearances.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 19, 2017

On the good “Foot”.

39. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me
37. Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran & Future – End Game | HIGHEST DEBUT

32. Andy Grammer – Smoke Clears (37)
28. Bastille – World Gone Mad (39) | BIGGEST MOVER
24. Bishop Briggs – Dream (30)
22. Andreas Moss – Stuck In My Feelings (27)

10. Taylor Swift – …Ready For It? (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Noah Kahan – Hurt Somebody (09) | PEAK: #09
08. U2 – You’re The Best Thing About Me (08) | PEAK: #08
07. P!nk – What About Us (04) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks
06. Maroon 5 featuring SZA – What Lovers Do (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Dua Lipa – New Rules (01) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks
02. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (03) | PEAK: #02
01. Walk The Moon – One Foot (05) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Secondhand Serenade – Lost (2)
2. Grace VanderWaal – So Much More Than This (4)
3. Shawn Hook – Never Let Me Let You Go (9)
4. Astrid S – Think Before I Talk (1)
5. Loote – Out Of My Head (5)
6. Gavin James – Hearts On Fire (8)
7. Goo Goo Dolls – Boxes (6)
8. Why Don’t We – These Girls (-)
9. Rag’N’Bone Man – Grace (We All Try) (-)
10. Fall Out Boy – Hold Me Tight Or Don’t (-)

In The Mix:
Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
Brian Fallon – Forget Me Not
Calum Scott – You Are The Reason (new)
Flagship – Midnight
Mainland – I Found God
Malia (Civetz) – Champagne Clouds
Mondo Cozmo – Plastic Soul
New Politics – Color Green
Olivia Holt – Generous
Serena Ryder – Ice Age

Chart Notes:

  • They scored three #1 songs in a row from their last album, Talking Is Hard. Now, the Ohio band Walk The Moon returns to the top with the lead single from their follow-up What If Nothing. Leaping from 5-1 in its ninth week on the survey, “One Foot” bravely steps over the competition, becoming the 18th song to reach #1 during the 2017 chart year. “One” is currently in the top ten on the Alternative chart, the band’s core format, while it also crosses over to the Hot AC and Top 40 formats.
  • This week’s two debuts come from female soloists with new singles from recent releases. With her third chart song from the album reputation, the current #1 title in the land, Taylor Swift comes in at #37 with “End Game”. The highest new entry’s a collaboration with Ed Sheeran and Future. Just two spots lower, at #39, is Demi Lovato with the title track from Tell Me You Love Me, which hit the top five several weeks ago. It’s her follow-up to “Sorry Not Sorry”, which peaked at #9.
  • Next week marks the last week of the 2017 chart year! Getting excited for the Top 100 of 2017? It’ll be here before you know it, and I’ll have an update on all the dates next week, so check back then.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: November 16, 2014

Dancin’ through a chart flashback.

It’s the start of another weekend, which means it’s time for another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest top 40 goes up for the week, I feature the highlights of a past countdown. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on.

This week, we stroll back three years and find out what was topping my chart for the week of November 16, 2014…

39. MAT KEARNEY, “Heartbeat”
38. ONE DIRECTION, “Night Changes”
32. MARK RONSON featuring BRUNO MARS, “Uptown Funk”

Biggest Mover(s):
THE SCRIPT, “No Good In Goodbye” (31-22, nine spots)

10. THE SCRIPT, “Superheroes” (down 2)
Album: No Sound Without Silence (2014, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for five weeks

09. PHILLIP PHILLIPS, “Unpack Your Heart” (down 3)
Album: Behind The Light (2014, 19/Interscope Records)
Peak: #3 for four weeks

08. ONE DIRECTION, “Steal My Girl” (up 1)
Album: FOUR (2014, Syco/Columbia Records)
Peak: #7

07. EDEN XO, “Too Cool To Dance” (up 3)
Album: Too Cool To Dance (single) (2014, Virgin/Capitol Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

06. MAROON 5, “Animals” (up 1)
Album: V (2015, 222/Interscope Records)
Peak: #5 for two weeks

05. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Shake It Off” (down 1)
Album: 1989 (2014, Big Machine Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

04. BLEACHERS, “Rollercoaster” (up 1)
Album: Strange Desire (2014, RCA Records)
Peak: #3 for two weeks

03. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS, “Cecilia And The Satellite” (steady, second week)
Album: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (2014, Vanguard Records)
Peak: #3 for three weeks

02. WALK THE MOON, “Shut Up And Dance” (steady, second week)
Album: Talking Is Hard (2014, RCA Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

01. JAMIE SCOTT, “Unbreakable” (steady, fifth week)
Album: My Hurricane (2015, Virgin/Capitol Records)
Peak: #1 for six weeks

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ADD LIB — Brace For (CHR) Impact (November 14, 2017)

Welcome to Add Lib, your Tuesday report on POP! Goes The Charts that’s mad about CHR/Top 40 adds, based on the station data provided by Mediabase 24/7 and Add Board. This week: Eminem‘s “Water” wars hydrate the panel, while Walk The Moon gets on the good “Foot” with a few dozen programmers. Don’t get mad, get adds:

“WATER” YOU WAITING FOR?: The buzz is big on the forthcoming album by Eminem, Revival, which is out on Friday. The Interscope star offers a first taste of the set with “Walk On Water”, featuring Columbia’s Beyoncé, which takes the runner-up spot on this week’s Top 40 report, added at 39 stations in its first week. Of course, this means that Selena Gomez and Marshmello‘s “Wolves” howls in the top spot for a third consecutive week, new at another 49 stations, which is quite an achievement. It is now in the top 25 at the format, and headed for much higher. (Of course, I probably said that about “Bad Liar” and “Fetish” too, and those two singles bottomed out below the top ten. Anyways, we’ll see what happens.)

Beyond those two collaborations in the top two spots, one of the other big winners on impact is “One Foot” from RCA’s Walk The Moon, which picks up 30 adds for a strong third place finish. The Ohio group’s “Shut Up And Dance” just missed the top spot two years ago, stalling at #2 for three weeks that June and July. (They’ve had two additional charting releases, though neither has gone past #45.) The band’s What If Nothing was released on Friday and will likely enter in the top 40 on the Billboard 200 chart. “Foot” is currently #9 on the Alternative radio list and #44 on the Hot AC survey.

1. SELENA GOMEZ x MARSHMELLO, “Wolves” (Interscope)
2. EMINEM featuring BEYONCÉ, “Walk On Water” (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
3. WALK THE MOON, “One Foot” (RCA)
4. DEMI LOVATO, “Tell Me You Love Me” (Island/Republic)
5. TAYLOR SWIFT featuring ED SHEERAN & FUTURE, “End Game” (Big Machine/Republic)
6. HARRY STYLES, “Kiwi” (Columbia)
7. BEBE REXHA featuring FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, “Meant To Be” (Warner Bros.)
8. CALVIN HARRIS featuring KEHLANI & LIL YACHTY, “Faking It” (Columbia)
9. NF, “Let You Down” (Capitol CMG/Caroline)
10-T. LIAM PAYNE, “Bedroom Floor” (Republic)
10-T. NIALL HORAN, “Too Much To Ask” (Capitol)
10-T. SOFI TUKKER, “Best Friend” (Ultra/in2une)

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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (November 12, 2017)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. Veterans come in all shapes, sizes, ages and genders, but we’re celebrating them all this weekend, including all of our legendary chart veterans. Hey, they’re veterans too. Who’s going to be a part of our next crop of pop icons? They may be featured in the mix below…

“STILL” THE MAN: Two weeks ago, it topped the pop chart, following its runs at #1 on the Alternative, Hot AC and Triple A lists. Last week, it slipped a notch to #2. Now, it returns to the top, bringing Portugal pop to the masses. Of course, that’s Portugal. The Man and their crossover smash “Feel It Still”, spending its second nonconsecutive week at #1 here on the Top 40 airwaves. “Still” is the first song in a year to return to #1 after falling out, the last one being “Closer” by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey, whose ten-week run at the top was interrupted for one frame by “Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber. (Since 2010, a total of six #1 songs have completed the reversal.)

“Still” remains active across several radio formats, currently sitting at #2 and #3 on the Hot AC and Alternative lists, respectively. It also has a home in the top 40 on the Spanish survey, perhaps working the Portugal angle a little more than it needs to. (I’m not sure that we need a “Siéntalo Todavía” remix with Daddy Yankee and Nicky Jam at this point.) Look for the band’s new song “Live In The Moment”, which soars from 50-35 on the Alternative chart this week, to potentially accumulate some crossover airplay in 2018.

“GAME” ON, TAYLOR: With her new album likely to open over the million mark in its first week, her fourth consecutive to reach that lofty goal, superstar Taylor Swift is in Top 40 heaven this week. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Swift continues to see action with multiple current songs on pop playlists across the U.S. from her top-selling reputation release. On the most recent chart at the format, second single “…Ready For It?” rises from 15-14, former chart-topper “Look What You Made Me Do” dips from 24-28 and album cut “Gorgeous” rebounds from 49-45 from unsolicited airplay. However, that’s just one part of the story.

Needless to say, with an event record like this one, airplay of additional album cuts from the record was pretty overwhelming. Radio giant iHeartMedia aired all 15 songs from the effort hourly (one per hour) for much of Friday across its Hot AC and Top 40 stations, then featured an album release party on both formats later that evening. Combined with additional spins from stations belonging to both small and large groups, a handful of songs are showing potential as choices for future singles from the album. Leading the way, “End Game” (featuring Ed Sheeran and Future) looks like it could be a future chart-topper, coming in at #50 at the Top 40 chart, with “Delicate” and “I Did Something Bad” landing just below the top 50. Stay tuned to see how they develop into next year.

THE “FRIEND” OF THE BEGINNING: If you bought Apple’s new iPhone X, or are thinking about it, you may already know the hot track that’s been all over the commercials for it, though perhaps not the artist or the title. Debuting at #44, “Best Friend” by duo Sofi Tukker gives the New York act their first song on the pop chart, though they’ve been buzzing in the streaming world since last year. Members Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern joined forces with NERVO, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno for the single, which originally came out in September. The situation is reminiscent of another New York duo, Marian Hill, whose single “Down” was incorporated into an Apple ad, reacted and quickly peaked at #10 in March. We can only hope for the best results for this song.

“Friend” isn’t the only multi-act collaboration entering on this week’s pop survey. Two other songs making their first appearances in the top 50 include “Homemade Dynamite” by Lorde, at #47, in a remix featuring Khalid, Post Malone and SZA, and “No Limit” by G-Eazy, at #58, featuring A$AP Rocky and Cardi B. Lorde’s Melodrama, a #1 album earlier this year, was responsible for one additional chart single, “Green Light”, which reached #19 in April. Meanwhile, the pre-order for G-Eazy’s new album, The Beautiful & Damned, went live on Friday. It’s due for release on December 15, just in time for your last-minute Christmas wish list. (We know you want it. Well, maybe not. Socks and underwear could be your thing, but the gift of music is just dandy too.)

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of November 10, 2017

Swiftly soaring to #1.

Taylor. Swift. I mean, what else is there to fan out for this week? (There are other options, but it’s clear that her new album leads the way.) Here are the albums and singles you need to know about this Friday:

TAYLOR SWIFT – reputation (iTunes)
Most acts stayed away from this release date because of Swift’s new album, which will easily hit #1 on next week’s Billboard 200. It includes the former #1 single “Look What You Made Me Do”, which has experienced the sharpest three-week fall from the top position on the Top 40 chart since the plays-per-week era began. (Follow-up “…Ready For It?” is currently in the top 15.) Still, it looks like it’ll be another huge first week for Swift, even if the era doesn’t have legs.

WALK THE MOON – What If Nothing (iTunes)
Besides Ms. Swift, this Ohio group, who I’m a big fan of, is also out with their first studio album in three years. So far, lead single “One Foot” has hit the top ten on the Alternative chart, though it’s now crossing over to the Hot AC and Top 40 airwaves. A solid debut is likely for it, perhaps in the top 25.

More albums out this week: Bleachers‘s MTV Unplugged (iTunes), Elton John‘s Diamonds (iTunes), Evanescence‘s Synthesis (iTunes), Seal‘s Standards (iTunes), Justice League (Soundtrack) (iTunes)

More holiday albums out this week: Echosmith‘s An Echosmith Christmas (EP) (iTunes), Mariah Carey‘s All I Want for Christmas Is You (Soundtrack) (iTunes), Island Records – This Is Christmas (EP) (iTunes)

More EPs out this week: Allan Rayman‘s Courtney (iTunes), Empire Of The Sun‘s On Our Way Home (iTunes), Greta Van Fleet‘s From The Fires (iTunes), Jidenna‘s Boomerang (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:
“2000 Miles”, Tom Chaplin (iTunes)
“Amor, Amor, Amor”, Jennifer Lopez featuring Wisin (iTunes)
“Arms Open (Acoustic)”, The Script (iTunes)
“Better Than I Used To Be”, Mat Kearney featuring AFSHeeN (iTunes)
“Boa Me”, Fuse ODG featuring Ed Sheeran & Mugeez (iTunes)
“Coming Home”, Sheppard (iTunes)
“Cruel World”, Seeb x Skip Marley (iTunes)
“Darkside”, Ty Dolla $ign & Future featuring Kiiara (iTunes)
“Female”, Keith Urban (iTunes)
“Find You (Rami Remix)”, Nick Jonas (iTunes)
“Give It Up”, Youngr x Endor (iTunes)
“Good Together”, SHY Martin (iTunes)
“Happy Place”, Alison Wonderland (iTunes)
“Higher”, Cedric Gervais featuring Conrad Sewell (iTunes)
“Hurt Somebody (Matoma Remix)”, Noah Kahan (iTunes)
“I Feel Like I’m Drowning”, Two Feet (iTunes)
“I Know You Care”, Ella Vos (iTunes)
“It’s Gonna Get Better”, Sam Martin (iTunes)
“Juice”, Chromeo (iTunes)
“Jungle”, Pitbull & Stereotypes featuring E-40 & Abraham Mateo (iTunes)
“Last Time Love”, Fancy Cars featuring Myah Marie (iTunes)
“Leave A Light On (AlunaGeorge Remix)”, Tom Walker (iTunes)
“Letterman”, Wiz Khalifa (iTunes)
“Lost Song”, NONONO (iTunes)
“Medusa (Chet Porter Remix)”, Kailee Morgue (iTunes)
“Move Your Body”, Wisin featuring Timbaland and Bad Bunny (iTunes)
“Obsession”, Sinclair (iTunes)
“Perfect (Acoustic)” and “Perfect (Mike Perry Remix)”, Ed Sheeran (iTunes)
“RIIICH”, Grace Mitchell (iTunes)
“Row The Body”, Taio Cruz featuring French Montana (iTunes)
“Semi-Charmed”, Timeflies (iTunes)
“Slow It Down”, Kim Petras (iTunes)
“Snowman”, Sia (iTunes)
“Strangers”, Sigrid (iTunes)
“Strangers”, Tone Damli (iTunes)
“Textin’ My Ex”, T-Pain featuring Tiffany Evans (iTunes)
“The Plan”, G-Eazy (iTunes)
“Throw Me In The Water”, WILD (iTunes)
“Ting & Tang”, Madcon featuring Arif (iTunes)
“Tip Toe”, Jason Derulo featuring French Montana (iTunes)
“Too Bad”, Gladius James (iTunes)
“Wake Me Up”, Remy Ma featuring Lil’ Kim (iTunes)
“Wanted You”, NAV featuring Lil Uzi Vert (iTunes)
“Whatever It Takes (Jorgen Odegard Remix)”, Imagine Dragons (iTunes)
“Woodstock”, John Legend (iTunes)
“World Gone Mad”, Bastille (iTunes)
“Worth It”, Danielle Bradbery (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new albums from Sia, Tim McGraw/Faith Hill and more. Listen to the PGTC Friday Faves list on Spotify!

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